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Vacations Boost Pleasure, Expedia Study Finds

While the impact of vacation on overall happiness is clear, Americans' general sense of their own happiness was more mixed. Less than half (45%) of employed Americans report a general level of satisfaction with their job, and a similar number of Americans (47%) report satisfaction with their love life.

Americans often find it difficult to leave their work behind when they head off on vacation.

Those who check in with work once a day or more while on vacation are much more likely to indicate a high stress level than those who check in fewer than once per day, or not at all.

More than half of employed vacationers who take any vacations in a typical year make a habit of checking in with the office. Roughly one third (32%) of these vacationers check in at least once a day. 59% of men make a habit of checking in with the office, versus 49% of women. However, a full 46% of employed Americans who take any vacations in a typical year report that they "never" check in with work while on vacation.

Those employed Americans who have taken a vacation within the past year are more likely to be satisfied with their job than those who have not taken a vacation in five years or more.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States between March 19-21, 2013 among 2,076 adults ages 18 and older by Harris Interactive on behalf of Expedia via its Quick Query omnibus product. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Jodi Bragg on behalf of Expedia at

About is the world's leading online travel site, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. (, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology and the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services. With the Expedia Best Price Guarantee, customers can get the best rates available online for all types of travel.

Expedia, and the Airplane logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. © 2013 Expedia, Inc.  All rights reserved.  CST # 2029030-50

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